Charles Jenck’s Northumberlandia
A recent Guardian article, interestingly – or perhaps provocatively – entitled ‘Sid the Sexist’s favourite picnic spot? Maybe, but Northumberlandia is a joy’ plugs straight into the long running debate about our gendered attitudes to the landscape – attitudes that stretch far back (and at least to the sixteenth century, the period of the earliest texts on our MA). The article’s author, Jonathan Jones, implicitly acknowledges the patriarchal impulse to feminise the landscape, yet is clearly also delighted with Northumberlandia’s playfulness.
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